Professor Luke McNamara

Luke McNamara is Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.  His current research focuses on the deployment of criminalisation as a public policy tool, with a focus on public order and anti-social behaviour. He is the author of the books Regulating Racism: Racial Vilification Laws in Australia (2002), and Human Rights Controversies: The Impact of Legal Form (2007); and he is and a co-author of Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of New South Wales (7th ed, 2020).

Recent journal articles have appeared in Criminology & Criminal JusticeInternational Journal for Crime, Justice & Social Democracy, New Criminal Law ReviewUNSW Law Journal, International Journal of Law, Crime and JusticeCriminal Law Journal and Current Issues in Criminal Justice. 

Books

Brown D; Farrier D; McNamara L; Grewcock M; Quilter J; Steel A; Schwartz M, 2015, Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of NSW, 6th Edition, Federation Press, Sydney

McNamara L, 2007, Human rights controversies: The impact of legal form, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203945148

Brown D; Farrier D; Egger S; McNamara L; Steel A, 2006, 1 86287 596 0 Criminal Laws: Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process in New South Wales 4th edn, The Federation Press, Sydney

Journal articles

McNamara L; Quilter J; Hogg R; Loughnan A; Douglas H; Brown D; Farmer L, 2019, 'Understanding processes of criminalisation: Insights from an Australian study of criminal law-making', Criminology and Criminal Justice, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748895819868519

McNamara L; Quilter J, 2019, 'Criminalising protest through the expansion of police ‘move-on’ powers: A case study from Australia', International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, vol. 58, pp. 22 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlcj.2019.07.001

McNamara L; Quilter J, 2018, 'High court constitutional challenges to criminal law and procedure legislation in Australia', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 41, pp. 1047 - 1082

Richards J; McNamara L, 2018, 'Just Attribution of Criminal Liability: Consideration of Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise Post-Miller', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 42, pp. 372-386 - 372-386

Quilter J; McNamara L, 2018, 'Guest editors’ introduction special edition: Hidden criminalisation—punitiveness at the edges', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i3.559

McNamara L; Quilter J; Hogg R; Douglas H; Loughnan A; Brown D, 2018, 'Theorising Criminalisation: The Value of a Modalities Approach', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 7, pp. 91 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i3.511

Quilter J; McNamara L; Seear K; Room R, 2018, 'The significance of 'intoxication' in Australian criminal law', Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, pp. 1 - 16

Quilter J; McNamara L, 2018, 'The meaning of ‘‘intoxication’’ in Australian criminal cases: Origins and operation', New Criminal Law Review, vol. 21, pp. 170 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/nclr.2018.21.1.170

McNamara L; Quilter J; Seear K; Room R, 2017, 'Evidence of Intoxication in Australian Criminal Courts: A Complex Variable with Multiple Effects', Monash University Law Review, vol. 43, pp. 148 - 194

Quilter J; McNamara L, 2017, 'Zero tolerance drug driving laws in Australia: A gap between rationale and form?', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol. 6, pp. 47 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i3.416

Gelber K; McNamara L, 2016, 'Anti-vilification Laws and Public Racism in Australia: mapping the gaps between the harms occasioned and the remedies provided', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 39, pp. 488 - 511

Quilter J; McNamara L; Seear K; Room R, 2016, 'Criminal Law and the Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs: a National Study of the Significance of 'Intoxication' in Australian Legislation', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 39, pp. 913 - 949, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/393-1.pdf

Gelber K; McNamara L; Gelber K, 2016, 'Evidencing the harms of hate speech', Social Identities, vol. 22, pp. 324 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2015.1128810

McNamara L; Quilter J, 2016, 'The “Bikie Effect” and other Forms of Demonisation: the Origins and Effects of Hyper-criminalisation', Law in Context, vol. 34, pp. 5 - 35

Quilter J; McNamara L, 2016, 'Street Music and the Law in Australia Busker Perspectives on the Impact of Local Council Rules and Regulations', Journal of Musicological Research, vol. 35, pp. 113 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411896.2016.1161477

Quilter J; McNamara L; Seear K; Room R, 2016, 'The Definition and Significance of 'Intoxication' in Australian Criminal Law: A Case Study of Queensland's 'Safe Night Out' Legislation', QUT Law Review, vol. 16, pp. 42 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/qutlr.v16i2.654

McNamara L; Quilter J , 2015, 'Public Intoxication in NSW: The Contours of Criminalisation', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 37, pp. 1 - 35

McNamara L; Quilter J, 2015, 'Institutional Influences on the Parameters of Criminalisation: Parliamentary Scrutiny of Criminal Law Bills in New South Wales', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 27, pp. 21 - 40

Gelber K; Mcnamara L, 2015, 'The Effects of Civil Hate Speech Laws: Lessons from Australia', Law and Society Review, vol. 49, pp. 631 - 664, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lasr.12152

Quilter J; McNamara L, 2015, ''Long may the buskers carry on busking': Street music and the law in Melbourne and Sydney', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 39, pp. 539 - 591

Gelber K; McNamara L, 2014, 'Changes in the expression of prejudice in public discourse in Australia: assessing the impact of hate speech laws on letters to the editor 1992-2010', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, pp. 99 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323-238X.2014.11882142

Gelber K ; McNamara L, 2014, 'Private Litigation to address a public wrong: a study of Australia's regulatory response to 'hate speech'', Civil Justice Quarterly, vol. 33, pp. 307 - 334

McNamara L; Quilter J , 2014, 'Turning the Spotlight on 'Offensiveness' as a Basis for Criminal Liability', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 39, pp. 36 - 39

McNamara L, 2014, 'A Judicial contribution to over-criminalisation?: Extended joint criminal enterprise liability for murder', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 104 - 117, http://websearch.aic.gov.au/firstaicPublic/fullRecord.jsp?recnoListAttr=recnoList&recno=296374

Gelber K; McNamara L, 2013, 'Freedom of speech and racial vilification in Australia: 'The Bolt case' in public discourse', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, pp. 470 - 484, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2013.842540

Durbach A; McNamara L; Rice S; Rix M, 2013, 'Public interest litigation: Making the case in Australia', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 219 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1303800404

McNamara L; Quilter J, 2013, 'Time to define ‘the cornerstone of public order legislation’: the elements of offensive conduct and language under the summary offences act 1988 (NSW)', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 534 - 562, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/

Arzey S; Mcnamara L, 2011, 'Invoking international human rights law in a "rights-free zone": Indigenous justice campaigns in Australia', Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 33, pp. 733 - 766, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2011.0036

McNamara L, 1994, 'Criminalising Racial Hatred: Learning from the Canadian Experience', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 1, pp. 198 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.1994.11910911

Trollip H; McNamara L; Gibbon H, 'The factors associated with the policing of offensive language: a qualitative study of three Sydney Local Area Commands', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10345329.2019.1639591

Book Chapters

McNamara L, 2015, 'Criminalisation Research in Australia: Building a foundation for normative theorising and principled law reform', in Crofts T; Loughnan A (ed.), Criminalisation and Criminal Responsibility in Australia, Oxford University Press, pp. 33 - 51

Gelber K ; McNamara L, 2015, 'The impact of section 18C and other civil anti-vilification laws in Australia', in Australian Human Rights Commission (ed.), Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: papers from the 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act Conference, Australian Human Rights Commission

McNamara L, 2013, ''Legal Form' and the Purchase of Human Rights Discourse in Domestic Policy-making: The Achievement of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada', in Verschraegen G; Madsen M (ed.), Making Human Rights Intelligible: Towards a Sociology of Human Rights, Hart Publishing, pp. 247 - 265

Other

criminal law reform and the use of criminalisation as a public policy tool
criminal law and intoxication/alcohol and drug effects
public order and the regulation of behaviour in public spaces

racism and racial vilification/hate speech laws